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Hertl to undergo surgery Tuesday, no timetable for return

Bad news for the Czech forward.

San Jose Sharks v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Tomas Hertl will undergo minor knee surgery tomorrow and there is no timetable for his return, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced.

Hertl sprained his right knee four days ago during a 3-2 loss against the St. Louis Blues, and returned to San Jose on Friday for further testing. Hertl will undergo the surgery under the supervision of Kaiser Permanente’s medical team, and will rehab his knee in San Jose, according to Wilson.

This is Hertl’s second surgery on his right knee in three years. In 2013, surgeons repaired damage to his MCL and PCL in his right knee after a knee-on-knee with Dustin Brown. Hertl did not need surgery this offseason, but suffered a knee injury during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Sharks have already placed Hertl on long-term injured reserve, according to Cap Friendly. The move gives San Jose $2,989,195 in salary cap relief, allowing the team to exceed the salary cap.

In Hertl’s absence, the Sharks recalled Daniel O’Regan from the San Jose Barracuda, who will make his NHL debut tonight against the New Jersey Devils.